Irma J. McNamara

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Durango native Irma J. McNamara died Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Sunshine Gardens West. She was 95.

Mrs. McNamara was born Dec. 15, 1916, to Arthur Henry Ford and Mary Therese Neary Ford Hammer in Durango. She attended St. Columba Elementary School and graduated from Durango High School in 1936.

After graduating, Mrs. McNamara worked for Turner Securities. She married John J. “Johnny” McNamara in 1940, and the couple lived a short time in California during World War II while Mr. McNamara served in the U.S. Navy.

After returning to Durango, Mrs. McNamara worked for the La Plata County Clerk’s Office and later the Everett Monger Adjustment Firm. She retired as practice manager for the Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center when Mr. McNamara was critically injured in an electrical accident. They spent a large amount of time in Pittsburgh after his subsequent liver transplant.

Mrs. McNamara was a former member of Catholic Daughters of America, St. Columba’s Altar and Rosary Society and the Colorado Mental Health Professional Office Managers Association. She also was a charter and active member of the Durango Sewing Club, founded in 1940, as well as a recipient of Rotary’s Paul Harris Award.

An excellent cook, Mrs. McNamara loved picnics, four-wheeling and camping, in both the Colorado mountains and the Utah canyonlands. She also loved flowers and had her own small rose garden (although a small herd of deer would beg to differ), her family said.

“Irma was devoted to family, friends and faith,” her family said.

Mrs. McNamara was preceded in death by her husband, John J. McNamara; infant son John J. McNamara Jr.; and grandson John Kennedy.

She is survived by her daughters Patricia F. Tibbetts of Durango and Mary Ann Beavers of Denver; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Hood Mortuary Chapel. A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 East Second Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2012, also at St. Columba. A graveside service will be held at Greenmount Cemetery.